Theatre Jalostamo2 provides art experiences during the times of Corona

The Helsinki-based theatre group Jalostamo2 releases their productions via on-demand service. The audience is able to experience all the current pieces from home within the three upcoming weeks. The spectator does not need to go into a public space in order to take part in a theatrical event. The 24-hour streaming period can be purchased in a similar way as renting an online movie.

Due to the corona virus theatres around the world have been forced to cancel their shows. In this situation the artistic directors of Jalostamo2 Anna Lipponen and Petri Tuhkanen are developing new ways of working and finding new audiences via internet. Lipponen and Tuhkanen are currently in a voluntary quarantine in result of returning to Finland on Sunday March 15th from the Berlin. There they had the premiere of the company’s latest stage creation, RadioLove.

The group’s three latest stage creations will be released within the upcoming three weeks. The first of the pieces is Ice Ice Baby that was premiered in Helsinki in November 2019. In the two following weeks also the creations b e s t i a r i o and RadioLove will be released online.

The exceptional times caused by the corona virus are challenging also for internationally working Jalostamo2. The latest piece RadioLove was premiered on Friday March 13th in Berlin as a Finnish-German collaboration. The making of the piece was shadowed by the worsening corona situation. The permission to perform was awaited hour by hour. The big theatres closed down already earlier the same week. Finally, the decision to perform the piece was made together with the venue TAK – Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg as the public gatherings of under 500 individuals was still allowed at that time. Apparently, the premiere was exceptional in Berlin as it seems that RadioLove was the only theatre piece shown in the whole city that evening.

Theatre Jalostamo2 refuses to be frustrated about the situation although it seems that all the shows scheduled for the spring 2020 are apparently cancelled or postponed. RadioLove will return to Berlin and Hamburg when the overall situation allows it. The shows of Ice Ice Baby scheduled for Kotka City Theatre in March – April are cancelled, the new shows times are not yet decided. In addition, RadioLove was selected in the program of Finfringe festival in Turku, Finland and there were some scheduled guest shows in MUT! Theatre in Hamburg. The situation with these events in May, as well as with other agreed foreign shows are currently postponed as well.

Naturally the cancellations and postponements are also a financial matter to the artists engaged in the productions. To ensure the upcoming production in autumn 2020 the artistic directors of Jalostamo2 want to develop new ways to present their previous works. All the freelance artists working in group´s released online productions will be compensated for each purchased streaming right.

For years, Jalostamo2 has made multicamera recordings of its performances for curatorial and documentary purposes. In the current situation the recordings can also serve to overcome some of the challenges caused by the involuntary short performing periods.

Release dates of the pieces:

Ice Ice Baby, 17.3.2020
b e s t i a r i o, 24.3.2020
RadioLove, 31.3.2020

The on-demand pieces can be found here:


Thank you NO99!

On Wednesday October 31st 2018 Theatre NO99 announced in their press release the following: “Theatre NO99 will cease to operate. Next week we will give our three last performances with “NO30 Ship of Fools” and on December 19 give a guest performance with “NO43 Filth” in Moscow. This is it.” The information confused many in Estonia, Finland and certainly all over Europe as well. But how about the remaining 29 shows in the theatre´s concept? They will not be created. And that also is an artistic choice.

The collaboration between Jalostamo² and Theatre NO99 concerning Ship of Fools started a couple of years ago. Even before that, lighting designer Petri Tuhkanen the other one of our artistic directors, had been working with NO99 on several productions. So, in this sense there was already a history between the groups when we started rehearsals with Ship of Fools in Tallinn last spring. We knew what to expect from the collaboration. Initially it felt to us like we were in one of the most significant points in our group´s history so far. And it turned out to be just that, an ambitious artistic process. From the beginning we felt that both of us were at a turning point as theaters. However, we didn´t anticipate it to be such a significant one for our collaborating partner.

Theatre NO99 told us all about their end with a note that announced the reasons behind their decision: “today we apprehend jointly that it is no longer in our might to continue working to the full merit of the ideals we once set ourselves”. The theatre was founded 14 years ago around a shared artistic passion and ideal. Now this ideal was no longer shared. The story had to come to an end. And that was an artistic decision.

In the recent years, there has been a lot of noise around the theatre. In good and in bad. There have been storms, but during this autumn, Ship of Fools gathered a full house of spectators night after night. This was just the right moment for an artistic closure. Not by external pressure, not because of money issues nor media fuss. No. By an artistic decision.

We became sad to see how the matter was presented by the media in Finland. What about the 70 performances, a large number of which toured around Europe in several acknowledged theatre festivals? What about the appreciated Europe Prize for New Theatrical Realities reward, the group was granted last December? What about the thousands of hours of sweating in the rehearsal room and on stage? All the shared artistic discussions that had made the creations as significant as they have been for the European art of theatre? We want to remember this! It has been an honor to be a part of this! This was NO99 and for a few brief moments, it still is all that. Tremendous ensemble, magnificent artistic passion and an unbelievable amount of work! Thank you for all of this!

The collaboration was artistically significant. First and foremost, working with the artistic ensemble evoked new thoughts of our art and operation. Even though the theatre ceases to exist, fortunately friendship and artistry remain. So, does anything change? Well, one institution ceases to exist, a significant one. Thank you NO99 as you have meant so much for us as well as for many other Finnish artists and spectators. Today we make history once more, as Ship of Fools sails away for the last time at NO99´s home venue at Sakala 3 and Fortuna shouts out in the storm: “Oo kapten, juhi mind sinna kuhu teed ei ole!” (Oh Capitain, lead me to where there are no roads!)

Thank you, our beloved friends – art and life goes on!

Anna Lipponen and Petri Tuhkanen
Artistic directors of Jalostamo²


Ship of Fools premieres in Tallinn on Friday September 7th

The co-production between Jalostamo² and the Estonian Theatre NO99 is shared with the audience a week later that anticipated. NO30 Ship of Fools (Kihnu Jōnn) is premiered in Tallinn on Friday September 7th 2018 at 7 pm.

The other shows in fall 2018 are presented as scheduled.

NO30 Ship of Fools (Kihnu Jōnn)
Premiere: September 7th 2018, 7:00 pm.

Directed by: Tiit Ojasoo
Lightning design: Petri Tuhkanen (Jalostamo²)
Musical design: Jakob Juhkam

On stage: Marika Vaarik, Eva Koldits, Rea Lest, Gert Raudsep, Rasmus Kaljujärv, Simeoni Sundja, Jörgen Liik, Ragnar Uustal and Anna Lipponen (Jalostamo²)

Visiting address: Theatre NO99, Sakala 3, Tallinn


Rehearsals for the new production have started in Tallinn together with NO99

Jalostamo² has started rehearsing a production in Tallinn. NO30 Ship of Fools is a co-production together with the awarded Estonian Theatre NO99. The creation will premiere on September 1st 2018 in Tallinn.

Ship of Fools (Kihnu Jõnn), a play by the Estonian writer Juhan Smuul (1922-1971), is a witty, epic and archetypal story about people who always sail away from their home, always so as to arrive home. The dramaturgical suspense and the psychological framework of human relations is as tense as the thread of a nobleman’s shirt, the jokes and the way the characters speak as juicy as a properly roasted fish. The ship that sails to the ocean is full of colourful characters, of exuberance and songs, of laughter and swing. And then the ship that hardly stays together at all, is on the sea for long weeks: the initial aim is long forgotten, tensions arise, everyone tries to get hold of the steering wheel and turn it in whatever direction. In the midst of an immense expanse of water sways a ship full of fools. Who should one believe? Who should one look to? Whereto forwards now? And why forwards?

Author: Juhan Smuul
Direction: Tiit Ojasoo (NO99)
Light Design: Petri Tuhkanen (Jalostamo²)
Musical design: Jakob Juhkam (NO99)

On stage: Marika Vaarik, Eva Koldits, Rea Lest, Gert Raudsep, Rasmus Kaljujärv, Simeoni Sundja, Jörgen Liik, Ragnar Uustal and Anna Lipponen (Jalostamo²)




Jalostamo² is an independent theatre group based in Helsinki, Finland. The group is led by the artistic duo actor Anna Lipponen and lightning designer/ scenographer Petri Tuhkanen. Jalostamo² creates approximately one theatre production per year. The artistic leaders invite the director and the rest of the artistic team separately for each production. The group was formed in 2012 and it operated as a collective until 2017. From 2016 onwards international co-productions have been one of its most significant activities.